My day job gets really busy at this time of year which has meant that I haven't been able to commit as much time to Gerry's Kitchen as I would have liked. As a result, there are a few reviews that haven't been written yet as the moment has passed, I feel that it would be wrong to write a detailed review so long after our visit but still feel that there are a few restaurants who deserve a mention. Hopefully a serious of 'Rapid Restaurant Reviews' will help give a taste of what our visits were like but also allow me to catch up. Don't worry though, I have set myself a 'New Year Resolution' about how quickly I will publish posts after the fact.
After a busy morning in the West End we needed some lunch so had tried to get a walk-in table at Ox & Finch but at 2:30pm on a Saturday afternoon, we were probably pushing our luck a little. Hunger led us on a short walk around to Argyle Street and we managed to grab the last available table at The Finnieston. As the name suggests, the bar & restaurant is situated to the west of the city centre in an area that has become highly regarded for great food and drink.
I don't know why it's taken us so long to get along to The Finnieston but I know that we won't be strangers in the future - in fact we have since been in for drinks before we had dinner at The Gannet last month.
We decide to order three small plates to share although did struggle to settle on three as the menu was made up of all of our favourite things. In the end we chose a spring roll of Feta, spinach & pine nuts, a slow cooked pork belly with roasted baby leeks, and a wonderful braised squid dish which came in a rich spicy sauce with crispy noodles.
Straight away, we knew that we had ordered the right amount of dishes, the portion sizes were generous and would easily work as starters too.
All three dishes were delicious and praise should go to the kitchen for the tenderness of the pork belly which fell apart at the slightest pressure from the fork. The standout dish however was the braised squid. Talk about flavour? This was a beautifully crafted plate of food with succulent squid pieces cooked to perfection in a sauce that I had all five flavour senses tingling. It's a long time since I've felt the need to lick the place clean but this was as close as I've come in a long time.
Our first visit to The Finnieston was definitely a success and I can't wait to get back for a less impromptu visit.